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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

A Real Stretch

A "professionally made" giraffe cake:

I kid you not.

Kelly B. paid a whopping $4 for this, folks, JUST so she could share it with all of you. Now that's loyalty.

I find it fascinating that someone can know how to spell "giraffe" without having any idea what one looks like, don't you?

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Reader Comments (124)

i love the fact that the cake maker had to actually write 'giraffe' so that we (the public) know what the heck that was!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermere9

Having to label your cake is a sure sign you have a Wreck on your hands.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Is that supposed to be two cupcakes? So is this a horrible CCC gone even more wrong than possible?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

I...I...I am lost for words. Oh, wait, I found some...


January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustfrosting

In general, if you have to label it, it isn't working, right?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Damn, I thought it was a smiley dumbell for all us New Years dieters. We need all the help we can get you know. Now my stupid iron dumbells look lacking. I'm disappointed.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix


January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

I think if you have to announce what it is, then it's a dead give away that it does NOT resemble it intention. Just like cars, the only cars with HONDA written across the windshield are the cars that resemble nothing close to a honda...

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucky Wife

This one gets politeness marks in my book for having the courtesy to tell us what exactly it is. But who knows..maybe this cake decorator was a disaffected abstract art student whose globs just didn't match the greatness of Pollock or somebody else - and so the caption was to let our uncouth eyes know the motivation behind this cakey masterpiece.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

OMG! WTF? Well, there's four bucks Kelly will never get back ...

That is the work of a "professional" cake decorator? No way!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

You know it's not good when the "decorator" has to write out what it is because they know no one will know what it is!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

Try finding this animal at the zoo. Think of all the little kids who will think a giraffe is two bright yellow and black blobs. This is why our kids can't get into college!
kidding, of course. It is funny!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRooManda

Yellow Dalmatian, maybe. MAYBE. But no giraffe. heehee

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

It's kinda cute...

At least the wreckorator didn't try to include the blue-black tongue.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

seems there is more icing than cake, is that possible? Great find, ridiculous cake. Someone needs to be fired.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDustythemomhaskins

It should say "giraffe" hee, hee.

Honestly, I'm surprised they spelled it correctly.

WV: faveness - Cake Wrecks is a faveness of mine.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

It looks more like a long necked yellow ladybug then it does a giraffe, is this a new hybrid we have'nt heard of before?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

I teach kinders that could do a better job than that wreck.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChar

Oh, but he looks kind of wobbly and cute. And...tasty?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

There has been a plethora of cakes on cakeboards bearing a title. My thought is, if you have to explain what it is, it's not good enough to sell.

Maybe the idea was to make a child's cake that the child could pass off as his or her own creation? Like, a 2-year old child.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

That is a giraffe? Then I am Madonna.


January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Hellcat

Does it have five legs or four with a really long tail? It kind of looks like one (maybe the tail) is waving? But it can't be the tail, right, its coming out the front...

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValarie

I think I would pay $4 to have a good laugh. Money well spent. Thanks for the chuckle.

You know, the giraffe is kinda cute, in an ugly kind of way.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

More micorbiology...Mitosis: reproduction through cell division.

Or it could be "budding". It's anything but a giraffe.

wvotd exhakine: The amino acid lacking in the brains of people who decorate cakes badly. The missing amino acid causes a delivery flaw in the synapes the carry the image the eye sees to the tasteful/tacky dicphering part of the brain. This results in a skewed perception of what looks accurate and what is acutally presented.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

I felt more like the decorator should have written "Ceci n'est pas une girafe."

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCraig


January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterelsolylaluna

I have to ask Kelly B. if she felt at all embarrassed to purchase this?

I can just picture the cashier looking at me thinking "You are going to pay money for this??" Or maybe the cashier and the baker have both gone to the acid-trip zoo together.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBittersweet

Is it a Wal-Mart Smiley face giraffe? Its it a cup cake giraffe?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pink Queen Albatross

If you have write what it is on the cardboard next to it, maybe you should try again.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Just because you got paid to do it, doesn't make you a professional!!! GAH!

We really need to get some professional accreditation standards in this field so this doesn't happen to some poor unsuspecting parent! LOL

level 1: Master Cake Artist (leave the masterpieces to these guys!)
level 2: Advanced Cake Decorator (can handle most orders)
level 3: Intermediate Cake Decorator (basic grocery-store type cakes will at least resemble what it should be)
level 4: Basic Cake Decorator (your cake will look home made, but appealing)
level 5: Cake Wrecker! (order with tongue placed firmly in cheek; for the humour value only! Nobody is responsible for the icing to cake ratio with these people, and CCCs are best left to this group as well!)

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWild Cakes

I have a feeling that this cake design is based on a child's drawing. Which is actually a really cute idea.

MAD Magazine ran a piece decades ago in which children's drawings were rendered as three-dimensional objects. The rocket ship was pretty cool.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

I like it.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChelle

Just. So. Sad.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSue

Let me tell you what this really is. It's a smiling lollipop on a tiny planet that has four leafless trees and a dead one growing on the other side.
Ignore the giraffe label!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It looks like he's waving to us with his fifth leg.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdan

That's not a giraffe. It's a lady bug holding a lollipop!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy Leigh

it looks like two bumblebees mating. :)

I was surprised the spelled giraffe correctly!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*~*Lis*~*

I had to comment because my WF is "abled". As in when Kelly B. bought this cake she en-abled the cake wreckecorator. Now there will be more of these bad cakes on the bakery shelf because the wreckecorator thinks they are good enough to sell!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNashvilleJen

I'm generally in favor of "Take Your Child To Work" days, but letting them _do_ the work?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

My favorite wrecks tend to be the ones that have their description written directly on the cake. I want to walk into a bakery one day and glance at something that makes me think "WTF is that???" and then when I get closer, I'll be able to READ what it is. Awesome.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkath

Oh no, it has brain tumors! Poor giraffe =( I'm glad she bought him now because he may not have long left...

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCassykins

Goofiest giraffe I've ever seen.
~Amy B.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

"Oh, wook, Mumma! That cake wooks ike a gaffe!"
"Yes, my certainly does."

wv: "probbyxi": what a two-year-old answers when someone asks him/her what dog poop might taste like.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns just to show you how my mind works...and probably frighten the life out of you...while I was watching the Rose Parade all I could think of was that next year, there should be a CW float. I was picturing the ever hilarious I think he should also be joined by the "Giraffe". Can't you just see them in all their petal/seed/grass covered glory?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMel

I...kind of like it. Its a wreck, surely, but I might buy it anyway.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKPP

At least it was only $4.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdelaney55

Maybe a giraffe from another planet.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShevonne

As a rainy-day activity decorated by a preschooler, I would buy it.

As a "professional" cake . . . they've gotta be kidding.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGM

but it is so incredibly cute!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstinkalto

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